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a long time, when the c.i.a. for 25 years, now he's been with the obama administration as a national security advisor for four years. and while he was not the architect of the drone program itself, he has been the architect of the obama administration drone program. and i came away from there with the feeling that i had going in that there is a definite direction of not capturing these high value targets and soliciting information from them through detention and interrogation. >> but because he said that it's ideal or preferrable to capture them so you can get intelligence. >> yet when i asked him how many high value targets they had captured in the last four years on the obama administration, he dodged and weaved there. >> he said he would get back to you with a number. >> the fact is, i know what the number is. it's one. he allude to do it a little later in his testimony. we captured a guy, we put him on a ship for 60 days and sailed around in the ocean, interrogated him. you know, that's not a detention interrogation policy that can be -- >> brennan also, as mike emmanuel pointed
threat. the obama administration has focused almost entirely on al qaeda. believing people when they came in and said, look, the only people who can actually give you advice on dealing with these radical folks are islamic believers, he so you must get advice from us. form partnerships with us, let us give you advice, let us tell you how to deal with this threat. and they made great inroads in this administration in that approach. but the blindness of the larger jihadist threat, the enterprise that is being pursued by the muslim brotherhood abroad, has resulted in the practice of drone delivered assassinations of al qaeda figures with what many are questioning or arguing is due process without that. and this administration's repeated declaration that al qaeda is being defeated. they know not of what they speak. the idea that al qaeda is being defeated is helping recruit others who are radical jihadists, because they are able to point to a united states administration that is so blind and so uninformed of what really is going on that they think al qaeda's on the decline when radical jihad i
an american for assassination, it's the obama administration advancing novel legal theories. >> we have have as a basis for action a congressional statute that allows us to to operate and balking at congressional oversite. >> i have nothing on alleged memos regarding potentially classified memphis. >> this president when he was a senator excoriated the bush administration for its presumption of an imperial presidency and presidential powers. now that he's the president, he's lucky he doesn't have a senator obama who is chas chastg him from the floor of the united states senate. >> reporter: some of the obama supporters dabbing at the sand man in their eyes appear to have awakend to the double standard. >> i have to say i was definitely on the critical end of things as were members of my family. we were very, very, very concerned about how far the bush administration pushed the boundaries of not only what is constitutional but what is morally right, and this is definitely in the same category. >> obviously a democratic administration white house secret war policy memos are very different from
director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a recent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also gaert target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009, but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. brennan was a cia executive when the bush administration used harrish interrogation techniques like waterboarding, but he denies any involvement. >> waterboarding is reprehensive and something that should not be done. >> reporter: human rights groups opposed brennan's nomination. a protesser had to be removed from the hearing. she said drone strikes also kill innocent americans. >> this is not the american way. >> reporter: the senate committee will review the he
. one of the questions people often ask about the first year of the obama administration. why did you take on health care at the same time we're having all these other issues? the reason was health care is not just a huge moral, social issue also an economic issue. we have to deal with that is something that can be helpful for the economy going forward. if you ask, what is the positive on health care? how is the economy doing? what is the snerkt the economy that is adding jobs? it is the health care sector of the economy. i think it is -- that's partly because it is a dynamic sector coming up with incredible innovations, the amount of exciting discoveries that are looming on the horizon are bigger in health care than other parts of the economy. that's the positive. the hard side is it is a complicated side. the reason why we don't leave health care to the private sector because it is complicated. we don't look at someone on the street and say sorry you don't have insurance so too bad for you. we as society is going to take care of that person. that is what puts the government in this
on the panel are received classified information about how the obama administration is justifying drone strikes own american terrorists overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. he is likely going to be challenged on it today. lawmakers also expected to ask him about waterboarding and for what he knew about some high-profile national security leaks. a lot of big topics. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live from capitol hill with more. within those hallways, mike, what are you hearing about? what will really be the focus of this hearing? >> reporter: jenna, i think you hit on a lot of the key topics. senator i don't know mccain is among those very interested in brennan's position on those enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. brennan came out and said he was opposed to waterboarding. mccain wants to know if there is any evidence that brennan was opposed to waterboarding. brennan said he favored some aspects of the enhanced interrogation program. as for the drones we expect he will take some heat from the left. also some heat in terms of kill
calmer moments we heard john brennan explain his fiphilosophy which included defense of the obama administration's drone program. >> i never believed in a terrorist event to detain him. we want to detain as much as possible to get information from them to prevent further terrorist attacks. >> the agency started using enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. yesterday he changed his tune a little bit. >> i have expressed my personal objections and views about certain of those eit's such as waterboarding nudity and others where i professed my personal objections to it but i did not try to stop it because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> some senators yesterday noted concern about the lack of transparency surrounding the drone program. other democrats like the chair diane fine stein supported him more thoroughly. fine stein says he will make a fine leader for the cia. >> it is time for your 5@5:00. >> some of the other stories making news for you at this hour. defense secretary leon panetta coming un
explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also target americans who joined with terrorist yoefrs seas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. brennan was a cia executive when the bush administration used harsh techniques like waterboarding but denied any involvement. >> water boarding is rep prehencive and something that should not be done. >> reporter: human rights groups opposed brennan's nomination. toby brohay had to be removed from the hearing. she said drone strikes also kill innocent americans. the senate committee will continue hearing temperature and vote on his confirmation later this month. danielle noting harjs cbs new, capitol hill. >>> coming up next a look at this morning's business hea
the president. the mainstream media is giving the obama administration a pass and that needs to stop. martha: we'll hear from the cia, the man who is expected to be the head of the cia, downbrennan, there is so much focus on the drone issue. i want to get your thoughts on that. i know you are supportive of that program overall. do you think that because of the drone issue that john brennan will get a pass on what he knew because we haven't heard from him on that. >> isn't that a good question in the counter terrorism director of the united states has not said one word about the actions he took when he was notified. there is a joint task force by law that is supposed to meet when there is a terrorist attack. they weren't even called into session. i'll ask panetta why that is so. no one has asked john brennan anything about benghazi. he's in the chain of command to do something about it. it's dumbfounding the lack of scrutiny this administration has had regarding benghazi. martha: we know hillary clinton was basically up all night trying to get help in the area from the libyan government. we don't
at christopher dorner and his violent manifesto. >>> on capitol hill yesterday, a surprise about the obama administration's response to syria's civil war. defense secretary leon panetta revealed for the first time that president obama was the one who blocked a plan to arm rebel fighters in syria. the plan was developed last year by then cia director david petraeus and backed by penalty gone leaders and then secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts about which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during the senate hearing on libya. they had tough questions for panetta. he related he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead. it also explained why war plains weren't sent. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. nancy, good morning. >> good morning, norah. panetta says the reason planes were not sent is because it came in two waves. after the first wave ended, they all thought it was over. plus, he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> yo
responses. the obama administration is under fire for its controversial drone program. now the white house is defending its right to target americans without due process. we wanted to know do you think that anything is okay in protecting our homeland or is it over the line. kathy from arkansas said i want our homeland protected at any cost. i'm terrified terrorists will attack the country. david from south carolina said we're becoming too dependent on technology to fight terrorism. we need an influx of human intelligence. >> thanks everyone who responded. we appreciate it. have a great day. "fox & friends" starts right now. >>gretchen: good morning. i'm gretchen carlson. it's wednesday, february 6, 2013. thanks for sharing your time today. what a difference four years make. democrats now say it is their right to kill americans as they see fit, the same party who said it was wrong for george bush to torture terrorists. is there hypocrisy? >>steve: come get your gun insurance. good idea? what do you think? we're going to report and you decide. >>brian: a good lesson for anyone. why it is nev
, staunchly defending the obama administration's use of drones against americans. >> i would like to ask you about the status of the administration's efforts to institutionalize rules and procedures for the conduct of drone strikes, in particular, how you see your role as cia director in that approval process? >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process, before any action is contemplated, including those actions that might involve the use of legal force. >> the fifth amendment is pretty clear. no depreivation of life, liberty or property without due process of law. we are threatening american lives with a drone attack. >> if the executive branch makes a mistake and kills the wrong person or a group of the wrong people, how should the government acknowledge that? >> i believe we need to acknowledge it. i believe we need to acknowledge it to our foreign partners. we need to acknowledge it publicly. >> i have been on this committee more than 10 years. with
the money will go to her. >>> catholic bishops rejecting the obama administration's compromise on the contraceptive mandate. they left out colleges and hospitals, so the bishops are upset. they plan to fight the case in court. >>gretchen: i love this story. dogs are a very important part of the u.s. military and they have protected and saved thousands of american lives since world war ii. our next guest is a true canine hero. luca served two tours in iraq and one in afghanistan where she lost her leg while sweeping out an i.e.d. and saved her platoon while doing so. joining me now is luca and her handler. i guess luca is comfortable? >> yes ma'am. >>gretchen: tell us the story about luca and your relationship with her. >> she joined the core in 2006. i was her first trainer and handler. i had her five tours. she is trained to search for explosives. the last year and a half she was in camp pendelton, california. march 23, last year in afghanistan she was leading a patrol and she located an i.e.d. the secondary device was booby-trapped and detonated. it took off her front left pa
dropping. >> let me just tell you, first of all, i challenged the bush administration and the obama administration equally on the constitutional issues. my concern here is that they're not making america any safer, when 15% of the people hit by drone strikes are innocent civilians, you're creating a lot of animosity. it's making america more vulnerable. not less vulnerable. and beyond all that, they're violating the 4th, 5th and the 14th amendment of the constitution. i don't know if they teach pretzel making at harvard law school, but what they've done here is twist the constitution into a pretzel and that's not appropriate. >> steve: where is the outrage? five years ago there was plenty of outrage, mainstream media and the left. take a look at this right here. 144, screen left, democrats questioned george w. bush on gitmo and interrogation. 18 had questions for him regarding eavesdropping and parts of the patriot act. only 8 democrats are questioning the president with these drone strikes where people are getting killed. >> well, there is no question that a party wants to support
administration between president obama, joe biden, secretary of state john kerry, potential secretary of defense chuck hagel i would argue, is the most pro iran engagement u.s. national security cabinet since the 1979 revolution. this is an administration which desperately does want to do a deal with iran to diffuse the nuclear issue and to gradually reduce our footprint in the middle east. they certainly don't want to the go to war. and i'm not sure if ayatollah khamenei understands this is going to be the best deal he's going to get from the united states. >> suarez:. >> brown: well, the demands for the u.s. and others seems fairly clear and the push for sanctions go on. the iranians say they want the sanctions lifted first. so have you heard anything that suggests it's a sort of vicious cycle in that regard? >> this has also been a perennial challenge that synchronizing negotiations, who makes the first overture, but it's not within the realm of possibilities that the u.s. congress or president obama is going to remove sanctions before the negotiations start and i do see the two sides still b
years of president obama's administration there were four times the number of targeted killings than in eight years of president bush's administration. your testimony today that the huge increase in number of lethal strikes has no connection to the change in the obama administration's detention policy? because, obviously, for capturing a terrorist we have the opportunity to interinvestigate that individual and perhaps learn about ongoing plots. if the strike is done that opportunity is lost. are you saying today, it is totally unconnected to the obama administration's shift in its detainee policy? >> i can say that there is not an occasion that we had the opportunity to capture a terrorist and we didn't and we decided to do a strike. there is no correlation in any type of the c.i.a.'s interrogation program. if you look at the last four years what happened in a number of places, such as yemen eastern areas, there was a growth of al qaeda, quite unfortunately. what we tried to do in this administration is to take every measure to protect the lives of american citizens whether it is abr
and we will not second guess you. the obama administration took a big step forward to second guessing and they then took a half step backward. the catholic church is saying, can we please go back to the pre2008 understanding of the relationship between social services and the government? you let us do it our way. we're doing good work. >> cornell, you know the vice president is a catholic. >> they are saying if you have religious issues with this, you can opt out. so i'm really scratching my head about this. again, i think the majority of americans are where the president is on this. we have the largest gender gap in modern times in the last election so it's fairly clear where women are on this issue. i think the catholic church needs to come to the 21st century on this issue and stop fighting this, frankly. >> if you would like to join the catholic churnl and argue from within. it's not for those of us who are not catholic how to organize -- of course the majority of americans disagree. the majority of americans are not catholics. they deserve, as all religious groups do, such import
to the obama administration for the latest proposal for providing women with contraceptive coverage and they are not happy about it. let's break it down in our strategy session. joining us is cornell belcher. and cnn contributor, former bush white house speechwriter david frum. he's a contributing editor at the daily beast. the administration came up with a resolution they thought, catholic institutions, universities or hospitals and contraception benefits for women. but now not so fast. president of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops says this, among other things. it appears that the government would require all employees in our accommodated ministries to have the illicit coverage they may not opt out, nor even opt out for their children under a separate policy. the stakes are so high, we will not cease from our effort to assure that health care for all does not mean freedom for few. so what does that mean? >> well, we have to take a step back to go to the beginning of the story. this is a confrontation that vice president biden tried to warn the situation away from. aside fro
what would happen if a republican president had done what the obama administration has done as far as the drone program is concerned. >> sean: i mean, that's a good point. because here obama with no real criteria is going to be the judge, juror and executioner and going to allow for the assassination of american citizens, there's no other term, we can't assassinate foreign leaders because these are the same people that complained bitterly and eviscerated george w. bush. my conclusion, all of these democrats not only owe bush a policy, but politicized war. i'm not against drone strikes, but we've got to have a criteria. i'm not against enhanced interrogation and they're the ones inconsistent. your reaction. >> you're exactly right if the fifth amendment due process clause means anything, it ought to mean before the u.s. government can snuff out the life of an american citizen there ought to be some definable standard against which that citizen is judged and that citizen will be determined to be an imminent threat against the u.s. government. but this is a standardless determination
brennan's first public testimony as an obama administration official. expect to see fireworks at this confirmation hearing. the real question may be how this 25-year cia veteran handles the public spotlight. in a crisis, it's often john brennan giving president obama's 3:00 a.m. wake-up call. >> i'm not sure he's slept in four years. >> there may be even less sleep in brennan is confirmed as the next ci achlt director. >> i will make sure that the cia has tools it needs. >> tools like drones. brennan has helped establish in saudi arabia and the eastern peninsula democrats are demanding answers involved with the ool kwad da. it's one controversy he faces at the confirmation hearing. there's his role i the leaks like the cyberattack on iran's nuclear program and his knowledge of harsh interrogations when he was at the cia during the george w. bush years. >> the american public sen titled to know the details of what it was that -- what was his role in the bush administration with the torture program. >> outrage over the interrogation program scuttled brennan's chances to lead the
of the questions were about drones and the obama administration's policy. nobody tougher on john brennan, asking better questions yesterday than our guest, senate ron wyden from oregon. good morning, senator. good to see you again. >> great to be on your show. as a basketball player i love the full court press. >> indeed. senator, you had written this letter. i saw you earlier this week. you told me you were sending this letter with 11 other senators to the white house saying we want you to release all of the memos related to drone policy. they did respond at least in kind. are you satisfied with what you received so far? >> bill, when the president called, it was clear that the president wanted to change course, and i give him credit for what is clearly an encouraging first step. >> that's right. he called you in response to that letter. didn't he? >> he did. and he also is offering up another very constructive idea. >> that's trying to start in the weeks ahead a dialogue with the public with respect to these issues. applying our checks and balances t
the capacity to deliver a blow to them. gregg: president obama has repeatedly said and his administration has said the military option is on the table. is that rhetoric in your judgment? is it sincere? does it need you to believe that in the end israel will be forced to act unilaterally? >> what's most important is what do the iranians believe? they don't believe that rhetoric. they have watched us wire brush the israelis in public for inching closer to a military option. the iranians interpret that that we don't have the stomach ourselves for the military option. they don't take it seriously. netanyahu said to us months ago that this summer is when he believes the iranians will cross the red line. and he will be forced to conduct some unilateral military action. it appears that will become a reality. gregg: iran's foreign minister claims his country is set to do a deal with the west to diffuse the situation. is that just a ploy, they are borrowing a page out of the iranian nuclear play book? it's a shell game and they are playing us? >> if you asked any american on the street. put a micropho
is defending the obama administration's attack to the benghazi attack. he says the u.s. didn't have time to respond to that attack. here is a bit of his interview over the weekend. >> this is not 911. you can't call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. it takes time. that's the nature of it. our people are there, they are in position to move. but we have to have good intelligence that gives us a heads up something is going to happen. martha: leon panetta is set to testify thursday. lindsey graham has been pushing for that. a lot of questions about this. in terms of that timing just to adress whole issue, this isn't a 911 call. i remember john mccain say egg we lost two of those people in a 7 or 8-hour change. that would make him a tough statement for him to defend on. >> you heard other people familiar with the assets in the region suggest that we could have had a flyover to try to disperse this angry crowd. what i found interesting about what secretary panetta said. he seems to be blaming the intelligence community saying we need better intelligence. certainly there ar
. and also during my time, obviously, in the obama administration i greatly benefited from many of the georgetown graduates. i had the honor to have someone as my chief of staff, jeremy bash, who graduated here from georgetown, serve as my chief of staff at the c.i.a. and then followed me to the pentagon as my chief of staff. and also someone who's had a public affairs at the pentagon, george little, who is also someone who both graduated and later taught here at georgetown. talented young individuals who have been at my side every day for the last four years at both the c.i.a. and the pentagon, and i am deeply grateful for their work for me and on behalf of the nation and i am deeply grateful for georgetown for training such extraordinary public servants. and speaking of extraordinary public servants, i think many in this audience know that there's a georgetown professor that the president has nominated to serve as the next secretary of defense, chuck hagel, and i am confident and i've expressed that confidence publicly that the men and women of the department of defense will h
it a lot. and also during my time, obviously in the obama administration, i greatly benefited from many of the georgetown graduates. i had the honor to have someone as my chief of staff, jeremy bash, who graduated from georgetown, served as my chief of staff at the cia and followed me to the pentagon as my chief of staff. and also someone who is head of public affairs at the pentagon, george little, who is also someone who both graduated and later taught here at georgetown. talented, young individuals who have been at my side every day for the last four years at both the cia and the pentagon. and i'm deeply grateful for fore work on behalf of me and on behalf of the nation. and i'm deeply grateful to georgetown for training such extraordinary public servants. and speaking of extraordinary public servants, i think many in this audience know that there's a georgetown professor that the president has nominated to serve as the next secretary of defense, chuck hagel. i am confident and i've expressed that confidence publicly that the men and women of the department of defense will have the k
sent those weapons and why. alisyn: the nation's roman catholic bishops rejecting the obama administration's new version of the health care law contraception mandate. the bishops said it does not offer enough safeguards for religious hospitals, colleges and charities that objected to providing such coverage to employees. they're asking for exemption for owners of for-profit businesses because it forces them to violate their religious beliefs. the bishops will continue fighting the federal mandate in court. rick: a hacker getting access to the personal e nails of the -- e-mails of bush family and posting confidential information online. now a criminal investigation is underway. the secret service is involved. molly henneberg is live in d.c.. what kind of information was put up on the web? >> reporter: hi, rick. private family photos, personal e-mails, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, home addresses all said to be obtained from hacked e-mails going back to 2009 according to the smoking gun website. the smoking gun said it got material from the hacker. pictures include this
member of the obama administration to admit enhanced interrogation techniques helped find osama bin laden. his comments come amid criticism of the movie zero dark thirty. panetta protecting the country's slow response to the incident in benghazi. >> this is not 911. you cannot call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. it takes time. that's the nature of it. >>gretchen: panetta scheduled to testify before the senate armed services committee thursday about the attack. >>steve: take a look at this. a man wielding a knife tasered outside buckingham palace yesterday. the incident happened in the middle of the changing of the guard ceremony. the man held one knife to the throat of another and another knife to the chest of a guy. then he lunged at a cop when he tried to intervene. that is when he was tasered and arrested and pinned. queen elizabeth and prince phillip were not at the palace at the time. >>gretchen: second graders spell checking tweets of professional athletes. students at elm wood franklin school in buffalo, new york, spotsed this mistake. each week i pray to go
morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. senior administration officials say president obama will spend the weekend working on his state of the union address. it's a speech that will focus largely on the economy and the middle class. this as washington gets closer to yet another potential economic crisis. amy baca ohlert is a high school counselor from colorado. she's traveled to washington with other educators with a message to congress. >> the time when we are looking at ways to keep our schools safer, these across-the-board cuts would impact those positions and those people who keep our schools safe. >> reporter: she's talking about the so-called sequester. $85 billion in spending cuts set to kick in march 1. meant to be so egregious that lawmakers would have to come to agreement on deficit reduction. but that hasn't happened. and time is running out. >> if the sequester is allowed to go forward, thousands of americans who work in fields like national security, education, or clean energy are likely to be laid off. >> reporter: the cuts would also amount to a 13% reduction
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